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Time for a Drink: The Old Cuban

Time for a Drink: The Old Cuban

Let's get this weekend started right. Here's a cocktail to kick things off. Need more than one? Here you go. Cheers!

Even though summer is waning, it's still sunny and you're hot--what could be better than the icy, minty, rum-soaked goodness of a mojito?

This isn't a mojito. It's close, though—and maybe even better.

Think of the Old Cuban as what a mojito wants to be when it grows up. Suave and urbane, yet with the mojito's summer-busting power, the Old Cuban is one of the finest rum drinks around. A contemporary classic created by Audrey Saunders--she of Pegu Club fame—the Old Cuban is the cocktail to spring on your mojito-loving friends when you want to take them to a new dimension.

Adapted from Robert Hess's Drinkboy.com

About the author: Paul Clarke blogs about cocktails at The Cocktail Chronicles and writes regularly on spirits and cocktails for Imbibe magazine. He lives in Seattle, where he works as a writer and magazine editor.

Time for a Drink: The Old Cuban

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  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (or less, to taste)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Bacardi 8 (or substitute another medium-bodied gold rum)
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces chilled champagne


  1. 1

    In a cocktail shaker, place: mint leaves, simple syrup, and fresh-squeezed lime juice.

  2. 2

    Gently bruise the mint leaves with a wooden muddler or the end of a wooden spoon. Add:1 1/2 ounces Bacardi 8 (or substitute another medium-bodied gold rum) 2 dashes Angostura bitters.

  3. 3

    Fill shaker with ice, and shake well for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass (you may wish to use a tea strainer to remove the tiny flecks of mint).

  4. 4

    Top with 2 ounces chilled champagne; garnish with a mint leaf.


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